I have more photos from the Rural Life Museum. We saw photos of textiles and textile machines yesterday, so let's take a look at some of the architecture.
The museum has 32 buildings that are situated into three sections.
The first section is a working plantation.
|This cute little building is a post office. |
Doesn't the tractor in the background look odd?
|The counter inside the post office with mail boxes. On the left are eight keyed boxes and |
on the right are about 16 boxes behind a glass. The post master had to hand the mail to the customer.
|The largest out house I've ever seen. Each door open to a double seater. |
That means up to four people could be in the bathroom at one time.
Of course, there was no privacy in this privy!
|A cistern for holding water. Rain water was funneled from the roof of the house into this cistern.|
It brings back many memories as my grandmother's house had a cistern. That one was make of metal, however.
|The kitchen. The floor is completely bricked and outside the building is a garden with herbs and vegetables. |
You can see the garden fence on the left.
|The blacksmith's shop. There are many blacksmithing tools inside and outside the building. |
This one building is a great source of antebellum life.
|One of several slave buildings. This one is set up as a very crude home, |
but another is set up to represent a sick house.
|Syrup mill, for turning sugar cane into cane syrup.|
The Upland South Section
|A corncrib or barn, of sorts, for holding grain and hay.|
|Pioneer's house on the right in the back is the corncrib and on the left is the potato house.|
|Dogtrot house, with the open breezeway in the middle. One side is set up for a living area, the other |
as a bedroom for the entire family. This house held residents until 1976!
|One of two barns fully equipped.|
|A second cane syrup mill, although smaller.|
|One of many, many outhouses.|
The final architectural section is the Gulf Coast Region, but I don't have any photos of those buildings since I was exhausted and Rich went on without me.
I hope you enjoyed this visit to the museum and have come to appreciate the many modern conveniences we have. I realized the dependence I have on air conditioning! And we had a beautiful, breezy day with lots of shade trees.
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